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Overview (4)

Born in Hackney, London, England, UK
Birth NameMartine Kimberley Sherri Ponting
Nickname Mart
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Martine McCutcheon was born Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting on the 14th of May 1976 in Hackney, East London, to Jenny Tomlin (née Jeanette Lilian Ponting) and Thomas Hemmings. She has a younger brother called L.J.

She studied at the renowned Italia Conti stage school in London from the age of 10. She appeared in several billboard ads as a child, then won a part in the BBC children's series Bluebirds in '89, after which further TV and theatre roles followed. At 15 she was picked to front the all-girl band 'Milan', who went on tour with East 17, but they disbanded in April '94.

McCutcheon's big break came in January '95 with the part of Tiffany Raymond in 'EastEnders'. During her 4 years on the soap, Tiffany married Grant (Ross Kemp), had a daughter, and found a place in the nation's heart. However, her departure from the series was marked by controversy, with executive producer Matthew Robinson later saying in an interview "Martine McCutcheon didn't "decide to leave the show". She demanded the BBC allow her to come and go within the series at her behest, making it impossible for storyliners to write coherently for her character. So we had little choice but to kill Tiffany. Yes, the character was popular; yes, Martine had talent. But no one is bigger than the show - executive producers included."

McCutcheon went on to pursue a singing career. She went on to release six hit singles and three albums, two of which reached Gold and Platinum status.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Andrew Morris <moz@andrew-morris.freeserve.co.uk>

Spouse (1)

Jack McManus (15 September 2012 - present) ( 1 child)

Trivia (29)

Starred in the West End revival of My Fair Lady in 2001, but dropped out due to health issues after 12 months.
She was awarded the 2002 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical of 2001 for performance in My Fair Lady at the Royal National Theatre: Lyttelton.
In April 1999, her debut single "Perfect Moment" entered the UK charts at number one and remained there for two weeks. Her second single "I've Got You" entered the UK chart at its peak position of number six. Her third single "Love Me/Talking In Your Sleep" entered the UK charts at its peak position of number six. Her fourth single "I'm Over You" entered the UK chart at its peak position of number two. Her fifth single "On The Radio" entered the UK chart at its peak position of number seven. She was also nominated for a BRIT award for Best British Newcomer and Best Pop Act at the 2000 ceremony.
Featured as guest vocalist on Uno Clio's 1995 song "Are you Man Enough" (Avex UK) which reached the UK Singles Chart at #62
Was a bridesmaid at the wedding of David Gest and Liza Minnelli (16 March 2002).
Her middle name "Kimberley" is in honor of her maternal aunt, whilst her other middle name "Sherri" is in honor of her mother's best friend.
Is the daughter of Thomas Hemmings and Jenny Tomlin.
Became engaged to songwriter Jack McManus after he presented her with a ruby and diamond engagement ring on their 4th anniversary (20 December 2010).
Was in attendance at the wedding of her EastEnders (1985) co-star Patsy Palmer to Nick Love in August 1998.
Trained at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts - other performers to train at the academy include Kelly Brook, Emily Lloyd, Stephen Manwaring, Richard Todd and Noël Coward.
Has a half-brother LJ McCutcheon (born 1991).
Was in a relationship with her EastEnders (1985) co-star Paul Nicholls (1996-1997).
Was in a relationship with Jonathan Barnham from 1998 to 2001. During their time together she became pregnant by him, but suffered a miscarriage in November 1999 due to stress. She finally walked out on him after he was repeatedly unfaithful.
Released her autobiography, Who Does She Think She Is? (2001).
She apparently kissed Russell Brand when they went to stage school together, according to his autobiography, My Booky Wook.
Her EastEnders (1985) character Tiffany Mitchell became the 8th woman on the soap opera to give birth. Tiffany had a daughter Courtney (played initially by Megan Jossa and later Alice Nokes), born on 11 March 1997.
When Martine was 10, her mother married John McCutcheon and Martine took his surname.
Ranked #41 in the 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Tiffany Mitchell (2010).
Married her partner of 6 years, Jack McManus, at Lake Como in Italy.
Was working in the lingerie store Knickerbox when she was offered the role of Tiffany Raymond on EastEnders (1985).
Has appeared in commercials for Kool-Aid, Tesco, Lenor, and Danone.
In 2013, McCutcheon was declared bankrupt by the Kingston-upon-Thames County Court, with creditors including HM Revenue and Customs.
Her debut album, You, Me & Us, peaked at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart in 1999 and was later certified double platinum.
Her second album, Wishing, peaked at number 25 on the UK Albums Chart in 2000.
Her third album, Musicality, peaked at number 55 on the UK Albums Chart in 2002.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 38, a son named Rafferty Jack McManus on February 4, 2015 at 10:16 am 10 days premature and weighing 6lbs 14oz. Child's father is her husband, Jack McManus.
Delivered her son Rafferty via Caesarean section.
Ranked #51 in The 100 Greatest EastEnders (1985) Characters of All Time for her performance as Tiffany Mitchell (2015).
Returned to work 18 months after giving birth to her son Rafferty to begin presenting Loose Women (1999).

Personal Quotes (27)

I love nice things - I consider Ralph Lauren sheets to be a necessity, not a luxury - but I've known what it's like to be poor.
I eat foods such as fish, chicken, fruit and vegetables while avoiding red meat, dairy and wheat.
I don't want to fly the flag for being unhealthy and overweight, but I don't want to fly the flag for being too thin, either.
I don't think for a second that I'm the best at anything, but I know I'm really good at quite a lot of things because I work hard.
I can't dance on ice, because I'm like Bambi on ice.
I believe love isn't simple, and it's one of the things that makes people break all the rules.
For me, the show must go on - it doesn't matter how ill you are, you get on and do it.
Eating lighter makes you lighter. No one can wave a magic wand.
Adele is great because she promotes the idea of being happy as you are.
A huge part of youth is how you behave: I'm always looking for fun and anything that makes me feel alive - that in itself keeps me feeling young.
Any actress will tell you, when you've been given a starring role in the initial run of a show, you want to be getting the standing ovations every night, not just on review night.
Any actress will tell you - it's really hard. If you're not an A-list Hollywood movie star, if you're in the middle, there are people who assume you wouldn't do certain things without even asking you, when actually you probably would. And there are people who always think you are busy doing something else.
There are times when I'm so bored with being healthy and organic that I crave sugar and additives.
If you're a man and you ask questions, you're a genius; if you're a woman, you're difficult.
I've never pretended to be a supermodel.
I've grown up in the public eye, and every decision I've made has always been so public and often inaccurately reported.
I want to make my mum's life and my life safe.
I think it takes time to find your natural style and learn not to be swayed by trends that might not flatter you.
I run or walk three times a week. I do Pilates, too, which is amazing - it makes you longer and leaner.
I never rule anything out. I'm an entertainer. Be it presenting, singing, acting, I just do things I love.
When I was younger, I used to look at movie stars with pencil-thin noses and think about a nose job. I've got a grown-up baby nose; it's not chiseled and structured. Then I saw how beautiful Audrey Tautou was in Amelie (2001) and thought, 'She's got a nose like mine, and if she can have a baby nose, so can I.'
It's taken a while, but I've finally grown up and got my head around the fact that the healthier the food you eat is and the more exercise you do, the lighter you'll be. It really is that simple.
I've been told if you're an actress you can't sing, if you're a dancer you can't act, you can't do theatre and be respected if you've done a TV soap, you can't have a No. 1 record. All these different things they've told me I can't do, but I wanted to do them, so I've done them.
I'm a Taurean, so I'm very passionate and determined and materialistic. Down the years, I've spent a lot of money and saved a bit of money and had a lot of fun.
I think you have to be careful not to do too much as yourself. Otherwise you stop getting the acting roles, and at the end of the day that's what I love.
I look very different on camera compared with how I do in real life. On camera, I look my best when everything is enhanced, especially my eyes - I like a smoky eye. In real life, I like myself best in tinted moisturiser, lip balm and mascara.
As Freddie Mercury was my favourite male performer ever, singing with some of the guys from Queen in front of tens of thousands was both exciting and petrifying!

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